Choreographed by Doug Elkins in collaboration with the dancers
Musical Soundscape by Justin Levine and Matt Stine
Music Direction by Justin Levine
Dramaturgy by Anne Davison
Cast: Alexander Dones, Cori Marquis, Kyle Marshall, Donnell Oakley
With Mo(or)town/Redux, Doug Elkins returns to a movement conversation begun in 1990 with Shakespeare’s Othello and Jose Limon’s seminal The Moor’s Pavane. Like Limon, Elkins transforms the text of Shakespeare’s tragedy into a dance piece for four characters – Othello, Iago, Desdemona, and Emelia – and the simple prop of a handkerchief. Using music of the Motown and neo-Motown sound, Elkins explores themes of power, love, jealousy, and race that are so prevalent in Shakespeare’s play and the history of Berry Gordy’s Motown record label.
Mo(or)town /Redux was made possible with generous support from DANCEworks, a partnership between SUMMERDANCE Santa Barbara and the Lobero Theatre Foundation that is the only dance residency program in the United States on an actual theatre stage for an entire month. Established in 2009, this unique opportunity is the brainchild of Dianne Vapnek, Founder and Artistic Director. Mo(or)town/Redux was presented at The Lobero on March 19 and 20, 2011.
DANCEworks is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and WESTAF in addition to generous support by The Towbes Family Endowment for Dance, The Towbes Foundation, and the Dianne & Daniel Vapnek Family Foundation. DANCEworks is funded in part by the Events and Festivals Program using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission. www.sbdanceworks.org
Joyce Soho Residency
Doug Elkins and Anne Kauffman team up to explore the process of collaborating as a theater director and choreographer through three topics of current obsession: Gleaning, Tourettes and Monogamy. Working with a collection of dancers, actors and other performers, they will focus on one topic a week over a period of several week-long sessions to discover how or if these three disparate obsessions overlap. Curious about what it means to collaborate with each other, Doug and Anne hope that the investigation of their mutual fascinations will yield a method of creating together.
The Joyce Soho Residency program is made possible by funding from The Joyce Theater Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation’s NYC Cultural Innovation Fund. A premiere date for material generated during the residency is open-ended.